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Wie withdraws from Safeway International

Michelle Wie withdrew from the Safeway International on Friday after tweaking an injury to her left wrist during practice last week.

"I am extremely disappointed to miss the 2008 Safeway International," Wie said. "I'm so grateful to Tom Maletis and the entire tournament staff for offering me this great opportunity, and hope to be back again next year.

The 18-year-old Wie received a sponsor exemption to play in the event next week at Superstition Mountain in Arizona. She has played one tournament this year, finishing 20 strokes winner Paula Creamer in the Fields Open in Hawaii late last month.

• COLLEGE WRESTLING -- Mark Perry earned a return trip to the finals of the NCAA wrestling championships, and this time it'll be a victory lap. Iowa won three semifinal matches and clinched its first title since 2000 a day early.

The Hawkeyes' exceptional depth piled up 102 points, ensuring the school's 21st overall title. Ohio State (71) was a distant second followed by Iowa State (68), Penn State (63), Central Michigan (61.5), Michigan (61), Nebraska and Oklahoma State (58), Cornell (57.5) and Minnesota (56.5).

• TENNIS -- Svetlana Kuznetsova ended Maria Sharapova's winning streak at 18 matches with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 victory in the Pacific Life Open semifinals.

Sharapova's perfect start to the season included titles in the Australian Open and at Doha.

Kuznetsova, refusing to wilt after Sharapova won the second set, broke her service in the opening game of the third and went on to build a 5-1 lead.

• OLYMPICS -- The Olympic torch likely will not pass through Chinatown when it comes to San Francisco next month on its way to the Beijing Games.

The decision was based on the difficulty of planning the torch's procession through Chinatown's narrow streets, Mayor Gavin Newsom said.

San Francisco is the only North American city to host the torch on April 9.

• MLB -- The perjury case against Barry Bonds was put on hold for three months, with prosecutors telling a federal judge they plan to obtain a new indictment against baseball's home run king.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston had told prosecutors on Feb. 29 to fix their original indictment because it lumped multiple allegations into too few counts. Illston said that prosecutors needed to drop some of the allegations from the indictment or add more charges.

• NBA -- Heat forward Udonis Haslem had season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur from his left ankle, becoming the fourth Miami player to be officially shut down for the season because of an injury.

Haslem will be in a walking boot and on crutches before beginning rehabilitation, and the team expects he'll be able to resume basketball activity in about two months. Haslem, a Miami native and the Heat captain, averaged 12 points and nine rebounds in 49 games this season.

• NFL -- Atlanta has agreed to terms with record-setting kicker Jason Elam, who is leaving Denver after 15 seasons with the Broncos.

A source familiar with the negotiations, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been officially announced, said the 37-year-old Elam would be joining the Falcons.

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